Natural Church Development

The objective of Natural Church Development (NCD) is to provide space and reliable statistical data for measuring church health and capacity. The concept is to grow health by focussing on those key elements that are most challenged in a parish. Identify strengths and challenges; draw on strengths to develop weaker elements.

Pandemic preparedness: an introductory article

Introductory article written by Bishop Victoria Matthews exploring issues that Canadian Christians may face during a pandemic, following upon a discussion of the Human Life Task Force of FWM and written at its request.

Pilgrim (Augsburg Fortress)

Believing that the Christian faith is primarily about relationship, Pilgrim aims to lay a foundation for a lifetime of learning more about God’s love revealed in Jesus Christ and what it means to be his disciple. Assuming little or no knowledge of the Christian faith, Pilgrim can be used at any point on the journey of discipleship and by every tradition.

Propers for Mother Emily Ayckbowm

Text for memorial of Mother Emily Ayckbowm, who was added to the Canadian calendar of holy persons in the Book of Alternative Services on April 5 (the day of her founding of The Community of the Sisters of the Church) by a resolution at General Synod 2004.

Reflections on the Theological and Ecclesiological Implications of the Adoption or Non- Adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant

November 2012 report by Faith, Worship and Ministry to Council of General Synod offering ‘reflections on the theological and ecclesiological implications of the adoption or non-adoption of the Anglican Communion Covenant.’ Report includes theological vocabulary, context, implications of adopting or not adopting the Covenant and its likely fate. Concluding resolution by FWM Committee carried on October 28, 2012 requests that CoGS receive its report and encourage it to circulate appropriate preparatory materials to General Synod members in advance of General Synod 2013.

Reims Statement: Praying with One Voice

Complete text of the Rheims Statement, from a colloquium sponsored by the English Language Liturgical Consultation. Discussed liturgy and ecumenism, common texts, and the Revised Common Lectionary. Lists participants in the colloquium.

Rural Ministry Symposium

A series of workshops over three days for clergy and lay leaders in rural pastoral charges and parishes who are actively seeking information and guidance to help them in providing leadership in current rapid transition. Also for theological students needing training in these areas.

Scripture and Homosexuality

Short collation of essays written for Canadian Anglican discussions or recommended by Canadian dioceses representing variety of perspectives on homosexuality, including the role of scripture.

Spirit of Invitation/Invited

A six-part series for small groups on exploring “genuine Christian invitation.” The resource consists of videos and print material. Each session lasts about 2 hours and follows a format of opening prayers, focus question & group discussion, Scripture study, reflection, video content (about 5 to 12 minutes), concluding reflection and prayer.

Texts for trial use and feedback

The General Synod of 2010 mandated Faith, Worship, and Ministry to establish a Liturgy Task Force to work on the revision of our contemporary language liturgical texts.